THE PHOENIX

In 2002, our beloved Morgan was destroyed in a major accident
and  fire.
Hubris, community good will of many people and luck lead to
its   rebirth. The  goal was to see if an ideal Plus 8 could be made and
everyone at the Factory joined in as well...expressing their dreams along with
mine. We succeeded more  than we thought possible!  I am often asked for
details. This is an attempt to jog my  own memory as much as
be informative.

PERFORMANCE

POWER: 306 bhp  (228kw) @ 5350
TORQUE: 311 lb/ft  (421 nm)  @ 4275
DRY WEIGHT: 1873 lbs (855 kgs)
POWER-TO-WEIGHT;  356 bhp per metric tonne*

                                                      
FRAME & CHASSIS
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Galvanized traditional chassis
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Galvanized cross members
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Polished stainless valences/inner wings
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Polished stainless bulkhead and firewall
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Rear frame/axle impact plates
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NAS Reinforced impact doors and hinges
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Under scuttle rollbar

BODY & TUB
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All alloy skinned
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Superform wings custom cut
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                                                                                                                           Wooden tub..(poly-urethaned) 

WHEELS AND TRACK
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All stainless polished 15 inch wire wheels
Front width  60",  Rear width  65" rear (5" difference in track)
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS three winged knock-off spinners
MICHELIN XTG -V class ultra performance tyres
LAND ROVER V8 4.8 LR V8 Stage III
RPI LAND ROVER V8 Engine Block and Heads hand polished
OMEGA LAND ROVER V8 Pistons
MORGAN MOTOR COMPANY Polished Stainless Air Filter Holder
PIPER 272 camshaft
REAL STEEL valve springs
REAL STEEL oil relief valve tadpole
TA PERFORANCE adjustable oil relief valve
MAGNECOR Ignition wires
MALLORY high output chrome coil
MALLORY Unilite distributor
OPTIMA racing battery
OPTIMA battery holder billet alloy

CHAMPAGNE
chromed valve covers
CHAMPAGNE
chromed throttles
K&N
low restriction air filter
JEGS
hi-output chrome alternator
J.E.
Duplex Timing chain
RPI
Chromed Plenum
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS
polished stainless exhaust bolts
RPi
polished motor fittings
QUEBECOAT
Powder-coated silver sump
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS
Polished stainless toolbox

FUELING

FSE
  Adjusted Rising Rate Fuel Pressure Regulator
JEGS
Chrome Fuel Pressure Gauge
AEROQUIP
Staineless Braided Teflon Racing Fuel Lines Throughout
AN
anodized threaded fuel fittings throughout

FUELSAFE

Custom designed ultra light alloy shelled, aircraft
membrane, foam-filled cell made to Morgan +8 specs
with AN fittings & enhanced capacity and range

FUELSAFE
Rollover flap fillers and rollover vent
FUELSAFE
In-tank fuel collector for race cornering
FUELSAFE
In-tank high capacity fuel pump
MORGAN MOTOR COMPANY
New 1984 twin chrome fillers & caps
SUPERFLARE
LAND ROVER V8 Intake Trumpets
BOSCH
Custom Matched Jaguar Injectors
BOSCH
 L-Jetronic Jaguar Airflow Meter




COOLING AND EXHAUST

MULFAB (aka Peter Mulberry)
Morgan alloy radiator
BMW
threaded rad fan switch
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS
Polished stainless airscoop
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SPAL 1875 CFM rad fan
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Branch Manifolds 1977-1986
PERFORMANCE COATINGS
Cerachrome of the Branch Manifolds
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS
Polished stainless "big bore"exhaust pipes
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS
1976 style polished stainless "flo-thru" silencers
JEGS
chrome exhaust clamps
MULFAB
2nd Generation Polished alloy overflow tank
COOLFLEX
Chromed flexible copper rad hose
MATTHIAS KAUFELT

Morgan Dash integrated rad fan bypass switch

GEARBOX & AXLE
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R380s 5 speed gearbox
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Alloy gearbox cover
RPI
 Performance clutch
APPLE HYDRAULICS
stainless steek sleeved MORGAN clutch slave
AEROQUIP
Braided  stainless clutch hose
BTR
Plus 8 Axle @ 3.45 ratio



STEERING
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Rack and Pinion 3.0 turns to lock

BRAKES
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4 Pot calipers front
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Vacuum brake assist front
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Self-adjusting drum brakes rear
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Alloy propshaft tunnel
PORTERFIELD
carbon kevlar MORGAN brake pads
AEROQUIP
stainless brake hoses front & rear
DATSUN
ALFIN alloy finned Z-drums rear

SUSPENSION

LORNE GOLDMAN  Tempered MORGAN Hardchromed Kingpins
RUTHERFORD AVO adjustable MORGAN gas front shocks
RUTHERFORD AVO adjustable MORGAN gas rear shocks
MORGAN MOTOR COMPANY Polyethulene Bushes
MULBERRY FABRICATIONS MORGAN Anti-tramp bars
 


 

WEATHER GEAR

MORGAN MOTOR COMPANY Mohair tonneau and cover
MORGAN MOTOR COMPANY Polished stainless frame
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS Polished stainless sidescreen arms and bracketry


EXTERIOR

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Polished stainless luggage rack
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Polished stainless bumpers
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UK-configuration front & rear bumpers
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Telescopic side mirrors
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2-tone metallic paint
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Polished stainless bonnet latches
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Polished stainless wiper arms
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS
Polished stainless rear bumper brackets
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS
Polished stainless windscreen brackets
AUDREY GOLDMAN 
Bonnet Belt
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS
Polished stainless traditional screws throughout
GARDNER WESTCOTT
Chromed bolts, nuts and washers
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS 
Polished stainless bonnet holders
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS
Polished stainless bonnet belt fittings
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS
Polished stainless bonnet stay kit
JOVITE MACHINING 
Polished stainless petrol tank cover plate
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No side lights, no side reflectors, no door handles

EXTERIOR LIGHTING

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Polished ss rear brake plinths
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Polished ss rear indicator light plinths
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS MORGAN Polished stainless front indicate plinths
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS MORGAN Polished stainless rear reflectors
MARCHAL
New vintage 1984 MORGAN "Cat's head" fog lamps
WELSH ENTERPRISES
XK-120 Tripod halogen headlamps
MORGAN MOTOR COMPANY Twin reverse lights


INTERIOR
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All leather interior
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Reclining Seats
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NAS leather door pockets
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1/2 inch foam on gearbox cover
ROBERT PAQUETTE
Reshaped MORGAN headrests
MATTHIAS KAUFELT
Custom dash
MATTHIAS KAUFELT
Custom made solid burl steering wheel
MATTHIAS KAUFELT
     Matching burl door cappings

MATTHIAS KAUFELT
Chrome toggle switches
MATTHIAS KAUFELT
Jaguar e-type headlight switch
MATTHIAS KAUFELT
Dash integrated MORGAN rad fan bypass switch
MATTHIAS KAUFELT
Dash integrated map light
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Smith Classic Cream Gauges, Tach, Speedo, Clock
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Burl Radio Console
VISTEON
CD-6  player/changer/radio/Lorans
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS
Polished MORGAN ss steering centre cap
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS
Polished MORGAN ss demister vents
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS
 Chromed MORGAN interior door handle covers
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walnut gear LAND ROVER Rover 5 speed shift knob
INFINITY KAPPA
speakers
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS
Polished MORGAN stainless door sills
HEART OF ENGLAND MORGANS
Polished stainless MORGAN Plus 8 crossmember covers
THE INTERNATIONAL MORGAN COMMUNITY
Custom carved and cast 24 carat gold Phoenix wheel boss plaque


 

DESIGN, SUPPORT & ASSISTANCE

All those lovely people

John H. Sheally II
Mark Aston
Lorne Goldman
John Worrall
Bill Fink
Martin & Steve Beer 

Mark Evans
The MMC Spares Department
Mark Baldwin
Rick Bourne 
Mark Adams
Rob Wells
Chris Crane
George Dow
Achim Gloger
Ed Herman
Jack & Lorna Flynn
Lance Lipscomb
Tony McLaughlin
Audrey Morris Goldman 
Steveadores at Montreal Port (Mopot)Who Helped So Much at -35C
The Staff of Canada Customs & the Ministry of Transport  

The wonderful gang at the eMog Pub & Grille

  

FINAL ASSEMBLY

THE STAFF OF THE MORGAN MOTOR COMPANY
BILL BECK
LORNE GOLDMAN
AUDREY MORRIS GOLDMAN
MICHEL BOULET
PADRAIC GARRETY
 


INDEX

Yes, this is REALLY the sound of the Phoenix! (when irritated)


Note to reader.

Despite perceptions, I have had only three Morgans.  I HAVE worked on scores though, alongside most of the legends, in workshops, roadside dust and in paddocks & pits on four continents. And I have tried to help on thousands who ask.  HOWEVER, I consider myself an happy amateur with a weird memory for trivia.  

Our first Morgan was a 2-tone 1984 Plus 8  I bought used and restored. It was fit with a 3.5L which I upgraded into a high revving "screamer". We adored that car. But it was destroyed in flames in 2002.

The second was officially the same car as the first for the Canadian governments concerned. Fortunate, as Canada does not allow current Morgans to be imported as they cannot pass Canadian safety tests. (But YES they assisted me wherever they could!). I had earlier purchased a 4.6 LR block, from Morgan and shipped to RPI for upgrading under my instructions and the design ideas of myself, Mark Adams and John Eales. We kept the original 1984 Morgan fueling but used  larger L-Jetronic components to match the larger capacity. (The higher performance Omega pistons I had installed increased the capacity to 4.8L). The staged heads (my work) and bespoke /gaskets lent me a 9.5 compression. We had shot for torque and accelleration  and exceeded our expectations. I worked the car on soon after its arrival from the Factory, in Canada, with Bill Beck, the Morgan Service Director before  Mark Baldwin and  subsequently Development Director until 2002. The Factory sent him over to lend a vital hand. The car has many of proposed Morgan ideas that were only used after its construction or deemed too expensive for stock fare. And with the help of the Works and the dealership network, we cherry-picked parts from every Plus 8 era with something worth having. Morgans are like wine..there are good years and other years. This is only Morgan I have left since 2013. Absolutely bullet-proof for reliability and the best performing Morgan of any type I have ever driven. 

The third Plus 8 was a 1990, a RHD,  that was purchased in 2004 and plated as E9 Mog. It is a single tone blue, as it was originally. Our hope at the time was to expand our mogging arena to Europe as well. During our tenure, it resided in Hartebury, nestled next to PM's AB16. In 2005, I decided to completely restore it with Kevin Vernon of Tudor Motors as it was nowhere near the quality of our other Plus 8. We refreshed it with an almost black sapphire blue with a subtle pearl effect. I decided to fight back against the fuel quality problems we encountered in backroad Europe. After speaking with LR & Coscast engineers, who referred me to UK military engineers, I decided on a lower compression (8.75) military 4.6 engine (the British military had the same fuel problem I encountered abroad). The result was a fast cammed 4.6 with much better breathing and more fueling. Later Morgan brakes were installed by Caparro, a later bespoke the suspension was installed by me with Mulberry & Rutherford parts, the last R380 2WD transmission ever made (according to John Eales who supplied it),  a Worrall exhaust system with original Morgan branch manifolds were also added. As we hoped, the torque and power increased for more fun while the European fuel issues disappeared. We enjoyed the car immensely. Though not as electrifyingly performant as the others, it was an amazingly flexible babe able to casually take in any road in any weather.  We managed more than 37 months mogging it all over Europe during 9 years. If anyone is interested in more details or rolling road specifics, I can oblige. It became absolutely bullet-proof for reliability. The two picures here are of us filling up with petrol in Cannes and and a couple from the Ferrari racing team drivers we encountered at a cutsy hotel with a fabulous carte near Ledenon. They asked us to join them for dinner and it was a memorial night!

However, after almost a  decade traveling Europe, we noticed that the legendary Morgan goodwill had declined in anglophone Europe. Then after being invited by Richard-Shepherd Barron, (a dear friend)  to the Silverstone winners lounge for a Morgan Meet we were asked to pitcrew at, we discovered on exiting that the car had been key-scratched and plastered with scores of TalkMorgan stickers. We concluded that it was time to put that car up for sale...at any price. We had achieved the original goals and we apparently were pushing our luck.  My wife and I pondered  at the time and since concluded tha we luckily saw the beginnings of the Trump era years before Trump.  It was auctioned off by Matthew Parkin, the former Morgan director, with whom I have had many disagreements and yet for whom I have MUCH respect.:D  To this date, we are told that there are still some who pan our cars on that forum.

Though each of these Plus 8s were/are very different, the less savvy get confused, one with the other, especially the latter two. There is an easy distinguishing feature. The Phoenix has the first stainless steel wire wheels, a brilliant gift from the Morgan Factory.. It is a LHD and has no front registration plate. The UK Plus 8 sports metalized Morgan bolt on alloys and is RHD.